Blackhawks' Colliton puts Kane, Toews back together
Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton tweaked the lines a bit at practice Wednesday, deciding to put Patrick Kane back with Jonathan Toews, and sliding Brandon Saad down to play with Artem Anisimov and Dominik Kahun.
Colliton moved Kane up to play with Toews and Dylan Sikura in the third period against Vancouver Monday.
"I just felt like in the game we needed ... a little jolt. I kind of like (these) combos," Colliton said.
"We'll see. We could change them back. We've got flexibility with the lineup, so it's a nice weapon to have."
Kane has 1 goal the last eight games and 9 shots on goal the last four.
The Hawks have three huge games in the next six days against Colorado (twice) and Arizona, but Jeremy Colliton doesn't expect his players to overlook Thursday's contest against the Flyers at the United Center.
"Especially after the last game," Colliton said, referring to a 3-2 OT loss to Vancouver. "We weren't good and we got a point. … We should count our lucky stars and prepare as best we can for this game coming up. I think we will. … Look at the standings and you know how important the game is."
John Hayden had filled in only a small section of his NCAA tournament bracket, but one upset he didn't hesitate to pick was 14th-seeded Yale defeating third-seeded LSU in the first round. No surprise there as Hayden played four seasons for the Bulldogs.
The surprise was that a teammate -- and Hayden suspects Chris Kunitz -- took the liberty of printing YALE into the box reserved for the tourney champ. The wise guy even filled in the final score: 100-1.
Drake Caggiula, who was missed the last eight games with a concussion, was on the ice before practice. There is still no timetable for his return. … Corey Crawford is 4-0-1 with a .961 save percentage and 1.28 goals-against average the last five games. … Jonathan Toews' is 3 goals from tying his career high of 34 and 4 points from his career high of 76.